Olalla Recovery Centers recognizes the land upon which our programs reside, and where we gather, is the ancestral homeland of the Coast Salish People who live, and have lived in the Salish Sea Basin for centuries. We want to express our deepest respect and gratitude specifically to the Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribes, and to the many other Tribes, Elders both past and present, the people, including past and future generations, who have continuously cared for and protected the shared lands and waters.
Olalla Recovery Centers is committed to supporting Indigenous people and nations in our community, our state, and beyond. We will continue to work with Native partners helping those struggling with substance use disorders and continuing to learn and grow in our understanding of Indigenous people who have and will continue to make innumerable contributions to our region.
Olalla Recovery Centers recognizes the vibrancy of the surrounding Native Nations and their innovation and commitment to the well-being of their members and communities. We honor our shared calling to bring recovery and healing to community members struggling with substance use disorders. We hold in esteem the partnership we have in this important work with many Native American Tribes and Alaska Native Communities as we provide recovery services to their community members and the surrounding urban Native and non-Native community.
We are not a Native American organization or program, however, through collaboration with Tribal members, we offer many aspects of culturally appropriate Native American healing practices that support addiction recovery. One of our staff members, a Tribal Elder, works with patients using the Red Road to Wellbriety methodology to further help those interested in incorporating Native American healing practices and traditions into their recovery. A few Native traditional activities we respectfully include in our programs are drumming, spiritual circle, walking medicine wheel, dreamcatcher making, beading, smudging, and burning ceremonies.
We acknowledge that we may not fully understand all the sacred meaning that this land holds for our Native friends. Yet we cherish the words of the Native individuals who have participated in our programs, as they shared their recognition of the spiritual, or sacredness, of this beautiful place, perched high on the side of the Coast Salish Sea, that holds our Olalla Guest Lodge.